04. December 2020 - 1:00 till 2:30

Managing Projects in the Life-Science Industry, Online, Friday, 04. December 2020

The Increasingly Important Role Of Project Manager In Life Sciences

About this Event

A new product launch, a clinical study, or regulatory submission are all examples of projects in life sciences.

In performing their jobs, PMs in the life sciences are taking on more cross-functional responsibilities. And while asked to wear many hats, they must still ensure the final product or program is delivered on time, within budget, and in compliance.

Our experienced panelists will share their knowledge and tips on how to drive and successful complete projects in all phases of the life sciences industry


Carl Albertson has over 30 years of diversified experience in engineering and project management in the biotech, aseptic and pharmaceutical processing industry. His experience ranges through all phases of project design including design, construction, commissioning and qualification. He is currently a Director in the capital projects department at BioMarin in Novato, CA. BioMarin develops and commercializes innovative biopharmaceuticals for serious diseases and medical conditions with focus on rare (orphan) genetic diseases. Carl was the overall project manager responsible for all facets of the newly and state of the art gene-therapy manufacturing plant project of BioMarin


Lori Chelemedos (Panel Moderator) is the CEO and principal consultant at Pac-Side LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in regulatory compliance, quality systems and business process improvement projects in the pharmaceutical industry.

Previously, she was the Associate Director of GxP Inspection Management at BioMarin partnering with senior leadership, middle management, and subject matter experts (SMEs) to prepare for and support Health Authority inspections. She also worked as a Technical Senior Manager in the Global Quality Inspection Management department at Roche/Genentech supporting the Americas, APAC, and Europe with Health Authority inspection readiness/execution including various process improvement projects. She also held roles at Roche/Genentech in IT, Production, and Quality either leading or participating in the improvement of business processes and technology.

Previous to entering the biotechnology field, she performed business process and technology work in the semi-conductor, telecommunications, energy, shipping, and apparel industries with a focus on Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Quality operations. Lori holds Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University, a Certificate in Quality and Compliance from UC Berkeley, is trained in APICS, Lean, and Six Sigma, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration at Golden Gate University.


Heike Abeck (PE, PMP) is currently Director of MSAT, Analytical Methods at Bayer in

Berkeley, CA. She has over 20 years experience in the biotech industry, starting as a

process engineer with Bechtel and then moved into manufacturing as a specialist with


She held positions of increasing responsibility at Chiron in Engineering, Capital

Projects, and Chemistry Manufacturing & Controls (CMC) Project Management,

ultimately responsible for managing cross-functional process development teams

through the clinical product development lifecycle.

After Novartis acquired Chiron, she

spent two and a half years on a global assignment with the Sandoz division of Novartis

in Austria on several BioSimilars. Upon return from Austria, she worked as Associate

Director of Project and Portfolio Management at Novartis Diagnostics and then as

Director of Manufacturing Sciences and Technology. After Grifols acquired Novartis

Diagnostics, Heike moved to Bayer in Berkeley leading the validation and submission of

the next generation Factor VIII product Jivi. Heike then moved to Germany to support

the transfer of Factor VIII production to Bayer, Wuppertal. Unfortunately, this project

was discontinued and Heike is back in Berkeley heading up the MSAT Analytical

Methods team focusing on optimizing, transferring and troubleshooting QC release

testing methods.

Heike received a BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a combined MS in

Engineering Project Management and Technology Management from Berkeley

Engineering and Haas School of Business. She is a member of PMI, International

Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE), co-led the German American Business

Association (GABA), and was on the board of the Bay Area Kinderstube, BAKS+.

Heike is an avid cyclist, surfer, and ultimate frisbee player and enjoys spending time

with her husband, 13 and 7 year old sons.


Stephen Smith is currently the Senior Director for Project Excellence at Clovis Oncology and leads the project team for one of the company’s assets. Prior to joining Clovis, Stephen has led drug development and life cycle teams for Audentes Therapeutics, Medivation, Genentech, Gilead Sciences, and Elan Pharmaceuticals, working in oncology, gene therapy, virology, and neurology. Stephen earned a Master’s of Science in Project Management with high honors and a Master’s in Business Administration with highest honors from Golden Gate University and a Master’s of Art in East Asian Art with distinction from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art London. To maintain his passion for art and lifelong learning, he currently serves on the Golden Gate University Alumni Board of Directors and curating an art auction to support the mission of Access Institute in San Francisco.

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Joe Yee is Director, CMC Project Management at Sangamo Therapeutics, where he is responsible with his team for the delivery of products in support of early and late phase clinical programs, and for inventory management, clinical supply chain and risk planning.

Prior to this role Joe worked at Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics were he led roles of increasing responsibilities from manufacturing to the Technical Operations Project Management Office.

Joe hold a Bachelor degree in Biochemistry from UC Davis

Friday, 04. December 2020, Online, Managing Projects in the Life-Science Industry

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